Today more than half of the world’s 7 billion inhabitants are under the age of 30. The majority of young people live in fragile developing countries that are undergoing profound changes. At the centre of these historic changes are young people. They carry the full promise and burden of their countries’ futures. They are our hope and treasure.
While eager to contribute to society, young men and women often lack the knowledge, skills and confidence required to effectively lead themselves and transformational change. Poor quality education, strained infrastructure, poverty, corruption, lack of mentors and unemployment, all hinder young people’s personal growth and leadership development. According to recent UN studies, 341 million young people in developing countries are not in education, employment or training (NEET), and the numbers are rising. Girls are among the hardest hit. Such low youth outcomes in turn increase inequality and social exclusion.
To educate and support a new generation of leaders committed to the common good and to helping the disadvantaged and marginalized in society.
Service, excellence, integrity, compassion, dignity, equality and inclusivity
To help disadvantaged young people realize their fullest human and leadership potential.
- Enhancement of youth leadership capabilities (skills and competencies)
- Increased social awareness, critical consciousness and civic engagement among youths
- Intercultural dialogue, mutual self-understanding, respect and solidarity among youths
To date Altemus has trained over 200 young men and women from 24 countries. The impact of our leadership training is significant, verifiable and long-lasting. Altemus alumni now hold leadership positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors in their home countries. They are change agents, multipliers and role models in their communities:
- Establishing and managing nonprofit organizations and community associations
- Supplying much needed services to their communities (e.g. after school programs for marginalized youth, summer camps for orphans, support groups for parents of autistic children)
- Raising public awareness about critical social issues
- Providing protection and shelter for refugees and victims of domestic violence
- Advocating for and defending the rights of minorities
- Fostering environmental education in schools
- Delivering humanitarian aid and psychosocial support to vulnerable groups in post conflict and disaster areas
- Managing corporate social responsibility programs
- Providing medical services to HIV/AIDS patients and street children
- Contributing to policy formulation at the local, national and international levels